- - Monday, December 3, 2012

BOGOTA — Colombian military authorities said they recovered six bodies of FARC rebels slain in an air raid on three guerrilla camps in a southwestern jungle region.

The regional army commander told The Associated Press that at least 20 Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) fighters were killed in the pre-dawn attack Sunday near the town of Ricuarte in Narino state.

Gen. Jorge Alberto Segura said 60 rebels were in the three camps, which were located with the help of local residents.

The attack comes amid peace talks in Cuba between the government and Colombia’s main leftist rebel band that began Nov. 19.

On that day, the FARC declared a unilateral two-month cease-fire and said it also would halt sabotage. Colombia’s government has refused to honor the cease-fire.


U.N. court hears sea border dispute

THE HAGUE — The Peruvian government is asking the U.N.’s highest court to set a maritime border between Peru and Chile in a case that will carve up control over the rich seas off the two Andean neighbors’ Pacific coasts.

Peru launched the case in 2008, arguing that there has never been a maritime boundary set and that two agreements Chile claims set the border are nonbinding and merely established some fishing zones.

Chile insists the border between the two countries was clearly set in treaties signed in 1952 and 1954.

Peru lawyer Alain Pellet told the court Monday there is a “flagrant lack of any maritime delimitation” between the two countries and that Chile’s proposed border “radically cuts off Peru’s access to the high seas.”


Gunmen assassinate peasant leader

ASUNCION — Gunmen murdered one of the surviving leaders of a peasant movement whose land dispute with a powerful politician prompted the end of Fernando Lugo’s presidency in June.

Vidal Vega, 48, was shot four times early Saturday with a 12-gauge shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver fired by two unidentified men who sped away on a motorcycle, according to an official report prepared at the police headquarters in the provincial capital of Curuguaty.

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